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Lawrenceville extends lease with Aurora Theatre through 2027

Special Photo: Jeff Seeley — Exterior photo of the Aurora Theatre in Downtown Lawrenceville.

Special Photo: Jeff Seeley — Exterior photo of the Aurora Theatre in Downtown Lawrenceville.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Aurora Theatre, home to many plays and productions over the years, has been touted here by many city officials as one of the calling cards to the city of Lawrenceville.

And recent statistics has shown that to be true: around 70,000 visitors have come to the downtown area because of the theater.

On Monday night, the City Council cemented its relationship with Aurora by extending its lease agreement through April 30, 2027, with the city agreeing to do all maintenance of the facility’s exterior and HVAC systems.

“The Aurora Theatre is less of a tenant and more of a service provider,” City Councilman Tony Powell said.

At its regular session, the City Council approved the following consent agenda expenditures:

• $22,000 for engineering review and repair design for the City Hall retaining wall;

• $6,146 to health insurance claim provider HealthSmart;

• $15,730 for a Police Department motorcycle;

• $29,587 in asset forfeiture funds for PD mobile printers;

• $32,770 for 21 large gas meters; and

• $19,055 to Gwinnett Municipal Association.

The following special-use permit requests were tabled until the July 7 meeting:

• A request from J&J Associates, 300 E. Crogan St., asking for commercial tractor/trailer and gravel parking, outdoor storage and mini-warehouses in an LM zoning district; and

• A request from David Manchester, 2665 and 2675 Sugarloaf Parkway, asking for outdoor storage, tractor/trailer and gravel parking and rental of commercial vehicles.

It also was announced that the next Moonlight Concert will be held at 8 p.m. June 27.